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Etymology edit

From Late Latin ēlūcidātus, perfect passive participle of ēlūcidō (clarify), from Latin ex- and lūcidus (clear).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈluː.sɪ.deɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /iˈluː.sɪ.deɪt/, enPR: ĭ-lo͞o'-sĭ-dāt
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Verb edit

elucidate (third-person singular simple present elucidates, present participle elucidating, simple past and past participle elucidated)

  1. (transitive) To make clear; to clarify; to shed light upon.
    Synonyms: explicate, illuminate
    • 1803 (date written), [Jane Austen], chapter XIII, in Northanger Abbey; published in Northanger Abbey: And Persuasion. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: John Murray, [], 20 December 1817 (indicated as 1818), →OCLC:
      The business, however, though not perfectly elucidated by this speech, soon ceased to be a puzzle.
    • 1960 April 4, “Medicine: Unmasking the Brain”, in Time:
      [P]hysicians at the annual meeting of the American Academy of General Practice were fascinated by a 3-ft. model showing the brain's components in 20 layers of translucent plastic, and wired for colored lights to elucidate some of its workings.
    • 1961 July, “New reading on railways: The Locomotives of the South Eastern & Chatham Railway, by D. L. Bradley”, in Trains Illustrated, page vii:
      Another appendix elucidates the S.E.C.R. headcode system.
    • 2004 April 13, David Bernstein, “Philosophy Hitches a Ride With ‘The Sopranos’”, in New York Times, retrieved 19 Aug. 2009:
      The new Sopranos volume has 17 essays that examine the television show and elucidate concepts from classical philosophers, including Aristotle, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Sun Tzu and Plato.

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  1. inflection of elucidare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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elucidate f pl

  1. feminine plural of elucidato

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of ēlūcidō

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  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of elucidar combined with te